Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley signed a proclamation earlier this month to proclaim February 2020 as Black History Month in Chickasha.
Chickasha resident, Loretta Y. Jackson, was in attendance. She founded the Loretta Y. Jackson African American Historical Society (LYJAAHS), which has sought to acknowledge the contributions of African Americans, especially at the local level.
Jackson was responsible for rescuing and preserving a one-room schoolhouse known as Verden Separate School. This was a segregated school for African American children in the early 1900s. The mayor's proclamation notes this was Chickasha's first designated "Historic Site."
Every year, the LYJAAHS celebrates Black History Month with an Annual Storytelling and Soul Food Evening. This year, the event will highlight "The Story of African American Organizations Providing Community Service."
Attendees will learn about the Lucky Strike Men's Club, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the Tuesday Evening Thimble Club and the Flowers Lovers Federated Club.
Derrick Dean will be the featured storyteller and Courtney Boone will be the featured singer.
The Storytelling and Soul Food Evening will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 in the University of Science and Arts Ballroom in Chickasha. Admission is $20 and includes a soul food meal. To reserve a ticket, call Jackson at 405-224-5297.
Black History Month was originally initiated by Carter G. Woodson in February of 1926, according to the proclamation.